U.S. Paralympic swimming gold medalist Jessica Long delivers an inspirational photographic memoir detailing her journey from underdog to world-class champion athlete.
Born in Siberia, double amputee Jessica Long was adopted from a Russian orphanage at thirteen months old and with thirteen gold medals has since become one the most decorated U.S. Paralympic athletes. Now Jessica shares all the moments, medals, and milestones in her life—big and small, heartbreaking and uplifting—that led to her domination in the Paralympic swimming world. This photographic memoir, filled with photographs, sidebars, quotes, and more, will thrill her fans and inspire those who are hearing her story for the first time.
"Unique in its coverage of Paralympians, and inspirational on so many levels, this is a great addition for middle school collections." —Booklist, STARRED review
"Even readers who are not sports enthusiasts will appreciate Long's upbeat account of finding confidence in the water and in life."-- Kirkus
"Her writing style is very engaging, lively, and conversational."-- School Library Journal
Jessica Long was a Russian orphan born with a condition which forced the amputation of both her legs below the knees. But that didn't stop her determined spirit. At age twelve, she was the youngest member on the U.S. Paralympic Team, and the winner of three gold medals at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece. Now, with thirteen Paralympic gold medals to her name, she is an established champion athlete, positive role model for young women, and source of inspiration for anyone who admires tough underdogs. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaLong and on Instagram @jessicatatianalong.